Joyce Rankin, MBA, CACE, has been a member of VCHC since 2009. She developed the first business plan for the co-op in 2010 and went on to be Chair of the Board in 2011. Since then she has focused on her social enterprise and consulting activities, while continuing to write numerous proposals on behalf of the co-op. In 2022 she was invited to develop a new strategic plan. She has 38 years of experience in social enterprise, organizational development and financial management. She became Chair again in June 2023.
I am a newly retired university professor in education at the University of Victoria after many years of teaching (middle and secondary, English, Social Studies and Drama) in public schools in Alberta. I also taught at UBC, University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba.
My interest in community health co-ops is based on my research and teaching experience with health literacy, especially critical assessment of media messages. I have worked in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, with adolescents, health educators in schools and health professionals. I am currently a member (and former Vice Chair and Chair) of the Greater Victoria Library Board. My focus as a director is on developing and facilitating educational programs as education lead. I look forward to serving on the VCHC board.
Kevin started his career with the Canadian military as a Naval Technician. After an injury, he returned to school and completed a B. Comm. He started volunteering at Cook Street Village Activity Centre, where he met the past chair of the Victoria Community Health Centre, she asked him to take over the Treasurer position. He stepped in and worked with the Sage accounting software until his new full time position with the Ministry of Transport demanded his time. He continues to provide financial oversight and backup as needed.
I have been a participant on the Boards of the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre, the Baker Creek Enhancement Society, the Quesnel Child Development Society and the Cariboo Regional Health Board.
I became interested in the Victoria Community Health Co-op as an avenue for advocacy. Many people, myself included, are interested in how best to maintain their health & well-being for themselves and their families. The Health Centre is a concept I endorse as the nursing staff will provide on going assessment, treatment and support. They will also offer assistance to people trying to understand and navigate the medical care system especially if you have no doctor.
My plan is to be a supportive member of the VCHC Board with the goal of creating a Community Health Centre according to Ministry of Health criteria and built upon the results of a community needs assessment . There will be lots of challenges ahead but in the spirit of co-operation I hope the Centre will serve the community well.
I have previous Board experience with the Motorcycle Ride for Dad (former name) and as a Board Member and Registrar for a community Little League organization for several years. Through my work, I frequently support and provide guidance to the Boards of many of our clients, working directly with the Chair and select committees.
My interest in the community health co-op reflects my personal belief that every person deserves access to quality health care. I am honoured to support the Victoria Community Health Cooperative as a member of the VCHC Board.
During my time serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, I was able to continue my education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Business Administration. I also worked to establish the first military Family and Community Support Services (now known as Military Family Resource Centres) in Medley, Alberta.
I have had the privilege to sit on several Boards for non profit organizations including;
Western Communities Seniors Low-Cost Housing Society, Beckley Farm Lodge Society, Target Theatre, and others.
I have been recognized with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award,
The AMSSA Diversity Awards recognizing member organizations, staff and volunteers for innovative contributions to diversity and inclusion in BC, Victoria’s Honourary Citizen Award and the VIATEC Covid Hero’s award for “exceptional contributions” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a member of the Victoria Community Health Co-op Board my hope is to ensure that seniors are able to access health services in a caring and thoughtful environment.